BANGOR — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine recently announced they have received Fiscal Year 2012 Agricultural Management Assistance program funds for irrigation assistance to private landowners in Maine. Approximately $294,000 will be made available to both large- and small-scale irrigators. The application deadline is Feb. 10.

AMA assists agricultural producers to manage risk and voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation practices into their farming operations.

Sign-up for AMA is available on a continuous basis. Landowners can sign up for this program at their local USDA Service Center/Natural Resources Conservation Service office, online at offices.usda.gov. Applications received by Feb. 10 will be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2012.